Children Are Continuously Replacing Real Books With Facebook
In 1890, Oscar Wilde wrote in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. This timeless piece of literature represents a time when only important things were published and books were a primary source of entertainment, imagination and expanding of the mind. While written over 125 years ago, much of the same philosophical insight still rings true except nowadays most information and entertainment is accessed through television or online. The study and command of written language has shaped centuries of civilization and helped create some of the greatest technological achievements of all time. The introduction of the Internet allows for more information to be readily available, but it also allows for greater amounts of frivolity and incorrect information to be dispersed, polluting perceptions and failing to recognize good work.
In an annual study by international textbook publishing-house Scholastic, children have shown an overall decline in the amount of time they spend reading books or reading for pleasure and have placed a considerable amount of their time reading and writing Facebook posts instead of solving problems or studying history or other subjects. Reading is a fundamental skill for success in any occupation and reading for pleasure has more benefits than just quietly passing time. Meaningful and classic stories and novels are still around not only for their stories but for the intrinsic values of virtue and self-determination that is instilled while reading accounts from history. As more children turn to social media sites for their intact of written entertainment, there is an overwhelming amount of too much information being shared in unsafe ways as well as incorrect or harmful information being shared for the sake of gaining notoriety.
From an author’s perspective, there is a notable downward trend of book sales overall. The Internet, smartphones, readers and tablets have made publishing books nearly obsolete, since these devices can receive as little or as much information as their reader wants to know. Mass production of information is simple and almost costs nothing to consume while minimizing the impact to the environment. Since there is no paper involved, there is not much of a selection process for being able to publish absolutely anything. In the past, books and newspaper articles had to make it through a handful of editors and critics before anything was deemed appropriate, accurate and desirable enough to be printed and distributed. The digital age has trivialized publishing arts of all sorts including sound, video, animation and of course, writing. No one expects the same caliber of writing and no one seems to care when incorrect information is presented.
It is unknown how long Facebook will reign as the number one venue for reading material. Media, literature and art have continued to change and allow humanity to express itself as a whole. One thing is for certain, the Internet and the ease of publishing anything at any time is not going away. Technology can be used to benefit pursuit of knowledge and entertainment, but it is also important to remember to keep things in perspective and use time wisely to focus on important things. Sometimes children need a push in the right direction when it comes to the amount of time they spend online or the kinds of topics they are interested in. There can be a number of ways children can get into some pretty strange situations by spending too much time online or sharing too much information, so it is important for parents to know what their children are talking about online. Joining the same social media groups and following the same trends can help the parents understand how technology works and make good decisions to protect against misuse of Internet privileges.